jeudi 19 février 2015

Sainte LUCIE YI ZHENMEI, vierge et martyre

Bienheureuse Lucie Yi Zhenmei, vierge et martyre

Dans la ville de Kay-tchéou (province chinoise du Sichuan) la vierge Lucie Yi Zhenmei fut décapitée le mercredi 19 février 1862 après avoir été témoin, la veille, du martyre de saint Jean-Pierre Néel et de ses compagnons.

Sainte Lucie Yi Zhenmei, vierge et martyre († 1862)

Martyrologe Romain : À Kayiang, près de Mianyang dans la province chinoise de Sichuan, en 1862, sainte Lucie Yi Zhenmei, vierge et martyre, qui fut condamnée à être décapitée à cause de sa confession de foi catholique.

Le courage d'une laïque consacrée à Dieu, catéchiste de Chine

Sainte Lucie Yi Zhenmei, canonisée par Jean-Paul II

Rome, 19 février 2013 ( Anita Bourdin

Le martyrologe romain fait aujourd’hui mémoire de sainte Lucie Yi Zhenmei, vierge et martyre, en Chine (1813-1862).

Lucie Yi Zhenmei  était née dans la province du Sichuan et elle avait été baptisée étant enfant. Sa foi avait mûri jusqu'au choix d'une vie toute consacrée à Dieu.

Laïque et catéchiste, elle s'était offerte en 1858 pour succéder à sainte Agathe Lin, mise à mort pour sa foi le 28 janvier 1858 à Mianyang.

Elle-même fut arrêtée à Kaiyang, quatre ans plus tard, de nuit, alors qu'elle instruisait des femmes catéchumènes. On décapita devant elle le P. Jean-Pierre Néel, prêtre français des Missions Etrangères de Paris, et ses compagnons, sans que sa foi vacille.

Elle comparut seule, le lendemain, 19 février, fortifiée par l'Esprit Saint, et subit la même peine.

Avec eux, elle fait partie des 120 premiers saints martyrs de Chine canonisés au cours du Grand Jubilé de l'Incarnation, le 1er octobre 2000, à Rome, par le bienheureux pape Jean-Paul II.

(19 février 2013) © Innovative Media Inc.

Blessed Lucy VM (AC)

Born 1813; died 1862; beatified in 1909. Lucy was a Chinese school-teacher beheaded at Kuy-tszheu (Benedictines).

A native of Mianyang in Sichuan, China, Saint Lucy Yi Zhenmei was born on December 9, 1815, and was the youngest member in her family. Lucy was a very pious child who made a commitment to chastity at 12 years of age. As she matured she developed a love for reading and study. At 20 years of age, in the midst of her higher education she grew very ill. After her recovery Lucy took her spiritual life still more seriously. She devoted herself to the discipline of prayer with great devotion, assuming a way of life much like that of a religious while continuing to assist in the support her family. Her mother taught her how to spin, which also became part of her daily life.

After her father died, she lived with her brother and mother, using part of her leisure time to teach the faith to children nearby. The parish priest, who asked her to teach at the school in Mianyang, noticed her devotion and reliable knowledge of her faith. After four years, her brother went to Chongqing to practice medicine, and Lucy and her mother moved with him. In Chongquing, the priest also asked her to help teach the women in the parish. When she was offered money for her work, she refused to take it and offered her work to God.

A few years later, her brother moved back to Guiyang, during which time her mother died. Enthusiastic to spread the Gospel, she went on doing missionary work. However, for her own safety she decided to stay at the convent of lay virgins. Shortly after, her failing health forced her to move back home again. In 1861, Bishop Hu asked her to teach once more at the convent. In spite of opposition from relatives, she returned to work there.

In 1862, she went with Fr. Wen Nair to open a mission in Jiashanlong, but just then the administrator of Guizhou Province, Tian Xingshu, began to stir up hatred against Christians, which the local magistrate supported. As a result, Zhang TienShen, Wu ShueSheng, Chen XianHeng and Father Wen were all imprisoned and sentenced to death without a formal trial. On February 18, the day of their execution, they met Yi ZhenMei on the road. She was also jailed and put on trial that very day and sentenced to death because she refused to renounce her faith. The following day at noon, February 19, 1862, she was beheaded. Brave believers took the bodies of all five martyrs to the Liuchonnguan seminary grounds for burial. She and her companions were canonized in 2000.

Spiritual reading: Christianity has all too often meant withdrawal and the unwillingness to share the common suffering of humankind. But the world has rightly risen in protest against such piety… The care of another – even material, bodily care – is spiritual in essence. Bread for myself is a material question; bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one. (Jacques Maritain)